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Does a Wine's Score Matter?

Does a Wine's Score Matter?

Wine is a super subjective drink; to one person a merlot may taste harsh and to another it could be full of flavor. That being said, I do take into account a wine's score when choosing what wine to purchase. Created in the 1970s by wine critic Robert Parker, the 100 point American wine rating system is widely used by wine magazines to rank a wine's overall taste, appearance, and aroma. Wine merchants often use a wine's score to sell certain bottles.

But what happens when the wine's are mislabeled? A recent study conducted by the Washington Post food section concluded that 6 percent of the signs showing a wine's score were incorrect. The Post states:

The vintage available was usually unrated or had received a lower score, though there were occasions when the actual wine displayed had received a higher rating.

Wine Spectator acknowledges these errors as a nuisance, but have no solution to stop the false advertising. This makes me question the system's credibility and in the future I may not pay as much attention to the rating. What do you guys think? Does a wine's score matter?

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
im not sure
Arthur Arthur 8 years
i think tanzer for burgs and parker for bordeaux are directional. wine spectator are useless.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I usually just read the description on the bottle or go on a friend's recommendation. The rating system is too subjective to rely solely on.
malibuisburning malibuisburning 8 years
I don't tend to listen to people who try to tell the world what is unilaterally worth drinking and what isn't. Today it's one man scoring wine from all over the world. Tomorrow it'll be someone giving a score to the different types of sushi-grade fish. I'm no sheep.
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
What some people think is great, I think is terrible and vice versa ... so no, I don't go by a scoring system at all.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i like to drink wine but i don't know much about the score - so to me - it doesn't matter much.
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 8 years
It's helpful if you are familiar with who did the scoring. If it's Robert Parker for instance and you are looking for a zin then you know he likes em' big, full bodied, with a lot of fruit. In the end none of it matters as it's all a matter of personal taste. If 2 Buck Chuck floats your boat then have at it.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 8 years
I rely mostly on the label to describe the flavor- If it says full body with not alot of tannins, then I will be happy :)
crystallyn crystallyn 8 years
As my husband who sold wine for 12 years says: "I defy you to blind taste the difference between most high score and medium scored wines." He says that people would come in and refuse to buy wines that were labeled less than 90, which is pretty much ridiculous. Your own taste needs to come into account and you will never know the good wines you'll miss out on.
llendril llendril 8 years
depends on the scorer. i like to try highly-rated wines by different reviewers and see whose palates most match my own.
verily verily 8 years
I consider wine scores somewhat important as I don't like to spend a lot on wine and at the sub-$10 level, it's a crap shoot. So I will usually look for the score when trying to decide what I want to take home. I do have a small repertoire of brands that I like and ignore the score on.
J-Paige J-Paige 8 years
Wine scores are like Netflix recommendations. Somewhat helpful, but in the end your own taste is the decider!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Nope! It doesn't :)
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